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« Reply #125 on: April 14, 2018, 11:48:56 AM »

Here are three more clips from The Searcher:


‘It Just Rocked’ Official Clip| Elvis Presley: The Searcher | HBO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydEhRR73DSc&feature=youtu.be


'Black Churches & Gospel Music' Official Clip | Elvis Presley: The Searcher | HBO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1rKmC1stuo&feature=youtu.be


'Howlin Wolf' Official Clip | Elvis Presley: The Searcher | HBO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvYtanaM50s&feature=youtu.be
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« Reply #126 on: April 15, 2018, 07:20:52 AM »

Well, the first impressions I've read on FECC were mostly positive but a couple are also critical because of lack of unreleased footage. Also it seems that the footage from the '68 Comeback Special was not as good as on earlier releases (but that could be the maker's decision).

I hope I can watch it soon. Meanwhile here are more clips uploaded by HBO


‘A Spark of Invention’ Official Clip | Elvis Presley: The Searcher | HBO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW4XpXs4d9I


‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ Official Clip | Elvis Presley: The Searcher | HBO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvyMw96F-Og
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« Reply #127 on: April 15, 2018, 12:13:02 PM »

I haven't had a chance to watch it all yet but I saw the first twenty minutes and it was great-I'd seen most but not all the footage-which included rare home movies of red and the guys on the road in 54-56. Lots of audio from rare Elvis interviews as well as audio of Tom petty, Sam Philips, Scotty and others
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« Reply #128 on: April 16, 2018, 04:20:10 AM »

I haven't had a chance to watch it all yet but I saw the first twenty minutes and it was great-I'd seen most but not all the footage-which included rare home movies of red and the guys on the road in 54-56. Lots of audio from rare Elvis interviews as well as audio of Tom petty, Sam Philips, Scotty and others


Sounds good! I have a chance to watch it later today and I'm really looking forward to it although some people said that there's the same old "blame the Colonel for everything"-stuff. Will have to see.

I am always looking for Sam Phillips interviews (and basically everything Sun Records related) so I know some of the things used in The Searcher. That one in the clip posted above for example comes from another documentary and the "blew me away"-part actually was when he was talking about "Blue moon of Kentucky" IIRC. But since Sam said similar things about "That's alright" and Elvis knowledge of the Blues, it certainly is ok to use the way they placed it.


Ian, since you're a historian, do you own the "A boy from Tupelo" set? The book has lots of detailed information about the Sun years.
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« Reply #129 on: April 16, 2018, 06:40:03 AM »

As you know, Record Store Day is not far away. There will be a fabulous Presley release. If it is what it promises, this is a good way to start your Elvis collection.





Elvis Presley, The King In The Ring (2LP – Individually Numbered – Red Vinyl – First Time on Vinyl)

Elvis Presley re-established himself as The King of Rock and Roll with ELVIS, the widely-seen “comeback special” broadcast on NBC at the end of 1968. The show’s many highlights included laid-back live performances recorded in the round before a small audience and featuring a powerful ensemble—including guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, both part of Elvis’ original, classic backing band. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ELVIS, both electrifying, intimate “sit-down” sets will be released on vinyl for the first time in an individually numbered 2LP package with a newly created gatefold sleeve, pressed on red vinyl. The history of Presley’s amazing “comeback special” is told in Elvis Presley: The Searcher, the new documentary premiering April 14 on HBO.


http://www.elvisthemusic.com/elvis-presley-king-in-the-ring-2lp-released-record-store-day/

Rocker, I can't wait for this album.  I just wonder if there's a mistake in the 'article.'  How can they fit both shows on 2 LP's?




It's both shows indeed:

https://www.facebook.com/wearevinylde/videos/830275993825455/
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« Reply #130 on: April 16, 2018, 12:15:25 PM »

I had a chance to watch the first part (right now watching the second one). I thought it was very good. Some small glitches, but not too dramatic.


Interestingly, the studio footage they used is taken from different sources, since there's not much of Elvis' sessions. That way you can see quite a few times parts of the recently (a couple of years ago) discovered footage of the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" sessions.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVlSVkzbJDA
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« Reply #131 on: April 16, 2018, 01:12:49 PM »

Yeah my criticism is that they seldom let a full song play and used very little footage-for example no footage from ed Sullivan just stills-after describing peace in the valley why did they not have a clip? And they completely glossed over loving you and jailhouse rock. Oddly longest clip was crawfish
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« Reply #132 on: April 16, 2018, 01:14:46 PM »

Have not seen second part yet-surprised guralnick isn't in it
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« Reply #133 on: April 16, 2018, 01:36:11 PM »

I'm finished. Great movie! I really like it very much. My first fears were that we hear the same sh!t about Colonel parker and how he was responsible for everything bad that ever happened to Elvis and blablabla. But this movie actually shows his strengths and weaknesses imo in a way that makes you want to know more about him. But obviously this movie is about Elvis and it portraits him finally in a serious way as a musician and someone who is not only a product but an actual human being. It reaches this goal by being not just another retelling of the old stories.
Man, I am happy that this came out so good. If anyone has the chance to watch it, do it!



Have not seen second part yet-surprised guralnick isn't in it


Yeah, he mentioned a couple of weeks/months ago that he wasn't part. But the movie works very well without him. Just as Guralnick's essential books, this movie is a must watch imo.



Yeah my criticism is that they seldom let a full song play and used very little footage-for example no footage from ed Sullivan just stills-after describing peace in the valley why did they not have a clip? And they completely glossed over loving you and jailhouse rock. Oddly longest clip was crawfish

It's common practice in documentaries not to feature full performances. Although I don't know each and every Elvis doc, the only featuring full performances that comes to mind is Elvis '56. It shows enough footage though to get the point. Maybe the DVD will have full performances as a bonus (?)
I guess the "Peace in the valley" studio recording just sounds much better as the TV recording. The deep voice Elvis sings in creates a very moody tone. But I don't know. I didn't miss the performances though, because it totally works.
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« Reply #134 on: April 17, 2018, 12:20:16 PM »

Part 1 in low quality:

https://vimeo.com/264972249
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« Reply #135 on: April 18, 2018, 06:40:09 AM »

Here are more clips of "The Searcher":


‘Jon Landau on the King of Rock 'n' Roll’ Official Clip | Elvis Presley: The Searcher | HBO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt5lLeIlSM4


‘Just ELVIS’ Official Clip | Elvis Presley: The Searcher | HBO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYh0oHC5eGM


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« Reply #136 on: April 20, 2018, 12:47:00 AM »

Record Store Day 2018 RSD Elvis Presley The King In His Ring Unboxing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=113&v=bQOKEmGOzwo



Here's the unboxing of "The King in the ring". It looks quite beautiful. I don't know though if I really need this, having the shows already on other CDs.
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« Reply #137 on: April 21, 2018, 02:39:03 AM »

Author George Smith has posted a review of The Searcher on the FECC messageboard. He used some Beach Boys references.



Bicycle Rider: just see what you’ve done

Thoughts on Elvis Presley: The Searcher


There are seven basic types of story: The Quest; Rags to Riches; Voyage and Return; Comedy; Rebirth; Tragedy; Overcoming the Monster. The saga of Elvis Presley contains the first six in that order, but sadly the seventh act was denied him and us.

Director Thom Zimny has attempted to do justice to the Presley story over the course of a newly-released two-part documentary entitled Elvis Presley: The Searcher. Taking the viewer through the singer’s forty-two years in the space of three and a half hours, this is by necessity a picture painted in broad strokes but one which manages to tell the tale with reasonable accuracy and ample spirit.

It is structured similarly to Guralnick’s two-part written biography, using Presley’s army stint as a dividing line between his unprecedented rise and slow fall. Documentary writer Alan Light undoubtedly knows the intricacies but, when faced with time restrictions, was required to cut the finer points which must have been as infuriating for him as it is for the deep fans.



The genius of the documentary though, is in its decision to present Elvis Presley to all viewers in a new and unexpected fashion. For the devotees this is realised through the constant use of new film (professional and amateur) and studio outtakes: it keeps the faithful on their toes and creates the impression of seeing and hearing Elvis anew. This is why Zimny insisted on using the alternative Aloha, the handheld “Trilogy” and “Never Been to Spain”, the “Burning Love” rehearsal, the “If I Can Dream” outtake, the off-air segments from ’68, the non-masters of “Lonely Man”, “Hurt”, “Suspicious Minds”, “Loving You”, and even (I think) outtakes from “The Truth About Me”. It is a deliberate and clever approach which was much appreciated by this writer.

For the causal viewer the trip is just as surprising: it’s no accident that the first picture we have of Elvis after the titles is of the man himself in 1969 at his absolute physical peak dressed only in shorts diving into a swimming pool — This is Elvis? Really? Wow! Where’s the fat guy in a jumpsuit? There’s no “Jailhouse Rock”, no “The Wonder of You”, no “Crying In The Chapel”, no “Blue Suede Shoes”, and no a lot of other stuff too. This is partly to do with time restraints but it’s also a conscious decision to show the less-known and less-appreciated side of the story.

The film favours home movies and behind-the-scenes clips over super-glossy Hollywood celluloid in an attempt to remove the albatross of iconography from Presley’s story. The flickerflicker of an old-time projector is occasionally heard as it shows grainy film of Elvis relaxing or rehearsing in happier times, segueing into the sound of a playing card catching on bicycle spokes as a pre-teen dungareed Elvis rides around Tupelo and Memphis in a recreated scene, showing how even at a young age Elvis was searching — looking and listening for emotional connection through faith and through music, sometimes both at the same time. The bicycle rider acts as a motif for The Searcher and appears several times as a linking device.

Zimny also uses a number of other creative devices to tell the story. There are no talking heads, instead he relies upon dozens of audio interviews with relevant parties (family, friends, musicians, observers, writers, disciples). Most of these are well used, but the contributions of Red West and Tom Petty are outstanding and reek of integrity and wisdom; West as someone who knew Elvis inside out and Petty as a musician chased by the same demons as his hero.


There is considerable and understandable emphasis given to Presley’s early career, and Zimny takes great pains to demonstrate Elvis' absolute devotion to gospel and blues and to destroy any suggestion of cultural appropriation. It also clarifies just what is was that the young Elvis did — breaking down racial barriers through the use of music and performance, delivered with grace, excitement and sensuality, ushering in the modern cultural era. Actually, the production as a whole is beautifully and sensibly balanced allowing thirty minutes of air time for each of the six major musical phases of his life: Growing up in Tupelo and Memphis; Sun Records; The Rock ‘n’ Roll Years; The Early to mid-Sixties; The Comeback; The 1970s.

The anchor point for the production is the 1968 TV Special and the narrative jumps forwards and backwards to that show to illustrate or reinforce various points. It works for the most part and even when it doesn’t, the joy of seeing Elvis at the apex of his powers justifies its use.

There are echoes of Presley’s long-rumoured autobiography, Through My Eyes, when the camera slowly zooms in on photographic portraits, and there are several poignant moments as we are allowed to wander Graceland like Marc Cohn’s ghost of Elvis, looking at the knick-knacks, furniture and ephemera — we can look but we can’t touch, and it’s surprisingly moving. Actually, there were a number of points that stirred me, among them being the time the young Elvis talked about the material gifts he’d been able to buy his parents (in that moment one can hear 100% the reason he was so driven during the mid-50s); Petty’s heart-breaking summation of Elvis’ decline (“I think he just gave up”); and the sight of the Searcher’s rusty old bicycle, dismantled and chained up at the back of a dark garage — unused and unwanted, signifying the stagnation of Presley’s creative impulse.

There’ll be talk of it not being as detailed as The Beatles' Anthology, but Beatles fans might similarly complain that they don’t have as succinct and viewable a film as The Searcher. A casual fan might give three and a half hours, but not ten.

Elvis Presley: The Searcher is an enjoyable, honest, graceful and involving piece of work. Is it perfect? No. But find me a product that is.

It is aimed at the heart as much as the head and I can live with that, because that was where Presley did his best work.

For right or for wrong, the story will not be better told in my lifetime.




THE QUEST
0:00:00 — Prologue
0:00:48 ‘68 SPECIAL “TROUBLE / GUITAR MAN”
0:02:30 — “My Baby Left Me” (Titles)
0:03:47 — Early life
0:06:25 ‘68 SPECIAL “BABY, WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO”
0:07:41 — Gospel roots
0:11:00 — Blues roots
0:12:00 — Interlude “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” (Bicycle Rider)
0:13:00 — The Presleys in Memphis
0:16:00 — Elvis on Beale
0:19:30 — Elvis and gospel
0:21:30 — Elvis and music
0:22:30 — Sam Phillips and Sun

RAGS TO RICHES
0:26:00 — Elvis arrives at 706 Union
0:28:00 — July 5th 1954
0:30:20 ’68 SPECIAL “THAT’S ALL RIGHT”
0:31:36 — Elvis at Sun
0:51:45 — The Colonel
0:58:24 ’68 SPECIAL “BLUE CHRISTMAS”
1:00:38 — Elvis at RCA
1:05:00 ’68 SPECIAL “LAWDY, MISS CLAWDY”
1:06:00 — Elvis, television and controversy
1:19:00 — Elvis in Hollywood
1:25:00 — Graceland
1:28:00 — The army
1:31:45 — Interlude “Farther Along” (The death of Gladys)

VOYAGE AND RETURN
1:34:32 — Germany
1:42:50 — Interlude “Lonely Man” (Home)
1:46:34 — “Power of My Love” (Credits)
0:00:00 ’68 SPECIAL “GUITAR MAN”
0:01:40 — Interlude “Milky White Way” (The story so far)
0:03:05 — Return from Germany
0:05:00 — Back in the studio
0:06:00 — Elvis and Frank Sinatra
0:10:12 — Elvis Is Back!
0:17:30 — Return to Hollywood
0:20:45 — Graceland, II
0:23:00 — His Hand In Mine
0:25:45 — Hawaii

COMEDY
0:28:23 — Hollywood and the Colonel
0:36:36 — The Sixties happen
0:39:00 — Nashville ‘66
0:43:45 — The Sixties happen, II

REBIRTH
0:46:10 — ’68 Special
0:50:00 ’68 SPECIAL “BABY, WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO”
0:53:10 — Recording in Memphis again
0:56:00 — Las Vegas ‘69
1:02:10 — Boredom with Vegas
1:04:10 — Back on the road
1:07:00 — Bringing together all types of music
1:10:25 — The image vs the man
1:12:50 — Touring the world via satellite

TRAGEDY
1:16:30 — Life as Elvis takes its toll
1:18:00 — In the studio (“Burning Love” / “Separate Ways”)
1:22:00 — Touring and searching
1:24:50 — Graceland, III
1:30:00 — How should we close the show?
1:31:30 ’68 SPECIAL “IF I CAN DREAM”
1:35:20 — End credits





Source: FECC - https://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=101162






Smith also made a little video for The Searcher featuring the Bicycle Rider theme from Smile:


Elvis Presley: Bicycle Rider (The Searcher)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPLmJPdlT24

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« Reply #138 on: April 21, 2018, 08:13:46 AM »

I finished the second part and basically agree with the review you posted-I might have chosen different clips or included other short but revealing interviews-as you are aware guralnick mined a lot out of the short interview Elvis gave during the filming of on tour in 1972-in which he makes very clear his frustration during the movie years (it's on YouTube) but can't argue with what he did use. Clearly he chose not to dwell on the drugs too much-though they Are mentioned and avoided controversial topics like his broken friendship with red and the book published before his death that red had a hand in. The whole 1970 Nixon encounter is also skipped-but it's had enough coverage. I think he wisely kept it mostly about music
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